Bent Rock and K-Lynn Cameron Loops
ElevationAscent: 601' 183 m
Descent: -604' -184 m
High: 6,747' 2,056 m
Low: 6,269' 1,911 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“A rare gem in terms of solitude in the high plains and foothills of Northern Colorado.”— Erik Schmude
Turn left onto the trail that heads northwest and continue through a broad valley, across Ruby Wash, and then ascend through mahogany shrubland towards the summit of the hill. Take in the views of pine woodlands to the west and a broad vista of the Red Mountain Open Space and the Cheyenne Rim to the east and north.
From the summit, the trail descends rapidly via a short set of switchbacks and down into a cottonwood-lined canyon where the trail crosses a small creek and then enters into a grassland where a side trail explores prehistoric stone circles and two historic structures, including a hand-hewn log cabin and a sheepherders cabin.
After exploring the cultural sites, continue eastward across the Ruby Wash, and and then follow the Ruby Wash south towards the Bent Rock Loop, through valley grasslands. Part of this trail follows a two-track road southward. After approximately 0.75 miles, stay left and retrace a 0.3-mile long portion of the K-Lynn Cameron Trail (this should look familiar) southeast and towards the Bent Rock Trail.
At the Bent Rock Trail junction (again, this should look familiar), turn left to complete the last half-mile section of the Bent Rock Trail where you'll cross Sand Creek though a picturesque canyon comprising exposed rock layers and excellent examples of an anticline.
Although the area is closed to the public in winter, there are excellent opportunities to view antelope, deer, and the occasional elk herd in the area. Coyotes and foxes inhabitant the area and a set of bincolulars will offer the chance to see a variety of migratory birds, raptors, and the occasional eagle. Watch for rattlesnakes!
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Land Manager: Larimer County, Colorado